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April 2016

Top students receive $32,000 scholarships
2 Jun 2016

Four high-achieving, first-year students at the University of the Sunshine Coast have each received $32,000 Thompson Excellence scholarships.

USC graduate Jacob Brewer. Photo Silver Rose Photography
Graduate roars into design career with the Lions
29 Apr 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast design graduate Jacob Brewer, 25, of Bracken Ridge, has marked a milestone in his career with a job at the Brisbane Lions.

USC Professor of Human Factors Paul Salmon.
USC study asks drivers for ‘Fatal Five’ factors
29 Apr 2016

What causes drivers to engage in the kinds of behaviours that lead to crashes? This is the question being asked by University of the Sunshine Coast researchers as they undertake a major new study into the reasons behind the ‘fatal five’ causes of road deaths – fatigue, drink and drug driving, speeding, not wearing seatbelts and driving while distracted.

USC Associate Professor Chris Askew
USC to help get hearts pumping at Expo
28 Apr 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast academics will share the latest research on the best exercise and foods for a healthy heart at the Sunshine Coast Heart Week Expo on Saturday 30 April.

USC graduate Ben Harnell
Graduate values move to Bundaberg
28 Apr 2016

Bundaberg’s Ben Harnell is on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a property investment professional after graduating earlier this month from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dominique Ryan, a new University of the Sunshine Coast medallist.
Dietitian gains jobs, degree and University Medal
28 Apr 2016

A 22-year-old University of the Sunshine Coast medallist is already applying the skills she learned in her Nutrition and Dietetics Honours degree to improve the health of people from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane.

Amy Kadel at her recent graduation ceremony. Silver Rose image.
Narangba graduate starts work as journalist
28 Apr 2016

Amy Kadel of Narangba is now breaking news as a print journalist after graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

University of the Sunshine Coast researcher and clinical counsellor Judy Boyland.
USC study highlights role of Alzheimer’s carers
28 Apr 2016

Mrs Boyland, who cared for her father for more than five years after his diagnosis with the disease, is keen to highlight the challenges faced by carers by providing them with an opportunity to discuss their experiences.

Amy Neumann being congratulated by USC Chancellor John Dobson at her recent graduation ceremony.
Bribie Island graduate starts work as Occupational Therapist
27 Apr 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate has become the first occupational therapist to be employed by a major aged care provider on Bribie Island.

USC Master of Psychology graduate Emily Frampton from Gympie
Mental health focus for Gympie Masters graduate
27 Apr 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Emily Frampton has returned home to Gympie to provide professional health care for adults facing mental health issues.

University of the Sunshine Coast engineering student Kallum Packard.
Student aims to lock in Startup Weekend success
27 Apr 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast engineering student hopes this weekend’s 2016 Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast will be just the ticket to starting his own business based on the concept of linking receipts with smartphones.

Fourth-year Honours project civil engineering student Hayden Curran.
Engineering students lead industry research
26 Apr 2016

Final-year students from the University of the Sunshine Coast are spearheading a collaborative research project with industry and government partners to test an innovative new material for roadmaking.

Actor Rachael Maza (left) and USC Drama Lecturer Dr Jo Loth
Acclaimed actor Rachael Maza to visit USC
22 Apr 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast students and staff will have the opportunity to meet one of the country’s top actors and arts makers on Tuesday 26 April.

USC Science Honours student Ashely Rummell of Hervey Bay. Photo supplied by Silver Rose Photography.
High-tech drones help to study dangerous surf
21 Apr 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast Environmental Science graduate believes tiny drones and fixed surf cameras could be the solution to safely measuring the depth of surf zones.

USC graduate Madison Fredberg Photo Silver Rose Photography
Wamuran graduate lands nursing position
21 Apr 2016

Madison Fredberg of Wamuran has headed to North Queensland for work after completing a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC graduate Matthew Brown Photo by Silver Rose Photography
Redcliffe USC graduate researches mangroves
20 Apr 2016

A 23-year-old Redcliffe resident examining the importance of mangroves to sustainable land management in coastal regions has graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC hosts literacy lesson with Siena Primary School
Year 2s to help train teachers at USC
20 Apr 2016

FIFTY little Year 2 students from Siena Primary School will march across to the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow morning (Thursday 21 April) to teach USC’s pre-service teachers a lesson.

USC graduate Farhan Ahmed Photo by Silver Rose Photography
Accounting degree for USC SouthBank student
19 Apr 2016

He lives at Woolloongabba, the home of Brisbane cricket, and loves playing as an all-rounder for his local club, but Pakistan’s Farhan Ahmed found himself on another good wicket when he enrolled at the University of the Sunshine Coast in early 2014.

USC graduates Hiromi Suda and Michelle Kuehne at their workplace in Becamex Tower in Vietnam
Graduates cross paths on international journey
19 Apr 2016

A shared passion for teaching and travel has led to two University of the Sunshine Coast graduates working just one floor apart in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam.

USC graduate Shelbi Paterson Photo by Silver Rose Photography
Deception Bay student becomes engineer
19 Apr 2016

A desire to contribute to innovative ideas in urban development has resulted in Deception Bay’s Shelbi Paterson graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC graduate Ben Waugh from Gympie
Gympie graduate has grand designs
19 Apr 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate from Gympie is now relishing the opportunity to create a range of multi-media marketing material that will encourage people to pursue higher education.

Students at USC Fraser Coast
USC and Council meet to focus on higher education
18 Apr 2016

Increasing opportunities for higher education in the Fraser Coast will be the focus of a high-level meeting in Hervey Bay tomorrow (Tuesday 19 April).

USC graduate Claire Habermann of Bundaberg
Sweet success for Bundaberg graduate
18 Apr 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate with a passion for tourism is helping to grow the conference and events market in her home city of Bundaberg.

Professor of Sport Science Brendan Burkett at the USC pool
USC scientist named as Aussie sport ‘champion’
18 Apr 2016

The Australian Sports Foundation has named University of the Sunshine Coast academic and Paralympic swimming legend Brendan Burkett as one of 12 ‘Australian sporting champions’ to support its work developing young athletes.

Federal Education Minister visits USC Fraser Coast
15 Apr 2016

The Fraser Coast campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast has hosted a visit by Federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.

Spartans coach Chris Mooney and swimmer Taylor McKeown talking tactics at the USC pool.
Spartans make a splash at national championships
15 Apr 2016

The fledgling USC Spartans swimming team has made the rest of Australia sit up and take notice by finishing third on points at the 2016 National Swimming Championships that finished in Adelaide last night.

Basketball players from QUT, USC, USQ and Griffith University pose for a photograph ahead of the Northern University Games Launch Cup tournament
USC to host 2016 Northern University Games
15 Apr 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is gearing up to welcome almost 2,000 athletes involved in 17 sports when it helps stage the 2016 Northern University Games from 3-7 July.

Tara Thompson receiving a $2,000 scholarship by Rens Poels and Elaine Thomson from the Gympie and District Community Bank.
USC program turns life around for young mother
14 Apr 2016

A young Gympie mother who left school at the end of Year 10 is a step closer to her goal of becoming a financial planner with the help of a University of the Sunshine Coast support scheme.

USc Gympie nursing student Arleen Broad
Sense of destiny in starting nursing degree
13 Apr 2016

Nursing runs in the blood of Gympie’s Arleen Broad who believes she was born to be a nurse – it just took her several years of working different jobs to realise it.

New Zealand-based theatre director and playwright Richard Finn.
Call for more sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll on stage
13 Apr 2016

A leading New Zealand-based theatre director and playwright is delving into the science of the future as part of a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USc Renouf Family Scholarship student Karla van Huyssteen
USC scholarship will open doors for Karla
12 Apr 2016

An overseas study placement is one of the many options being considered by University of the Sunshine Coast Science Deans Scholars student Karla van Huyssteen who has been awarded a prestigious Renouf Family Scholarship.

Nanango student Isobel Tonkin who has received a prestigious $20,000 scholarship.
$20,000 scholarship to Nanango student
12 Apr 2016

Isobel Tonkin of Nanango has received a prestigious $20,000 scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Research Fellow Dr Michael Stewart.
Research reveals the sharp sex lives of snails
12 Apr 2016

Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are hoping to reduce the agricultural damage caused by snail infestations following a breakthrough discovery into the animals’ mating habits.

Buildings on USC's main campus at Sippy Downs.
Research partnership to deliver regional benefits
11 Apr 2016

Studies into whether the Sunshine Coast is an ideal place to start a new business and what impacts climate change is having on our coastal areas are among five projects earmarked to receive grants from a new local research funding scheme.

Tamarah Randell with her daughter Sasha-Jayde.
Young mum is USC’s first STEMM graduate
7 Apr 2016

Mooloolaba resident Tamarah Randell will today become the first young mother from Burnside High’s award-winning STEMM program to graduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC honorary doctorate recipient Dr Ken Cato
Design guru to receive Honorary Doctorate
7 Apr 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will recognise one of Australia’s most well-known creative minds with an Honorary Doctorate at the graduation ceremony tomorrow (Friday 8 April).

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Engineering Dr Joanne Macdonald.
USC scientist selected for AusTrade mission to Brazil
7 Apr 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast scientist who is developing tests to diagnose the mosquito-borne Zika virus and other viruses will be part of a special research delegation to travel to Brazil and Colombia next week.

2016 Bachelor of Business graduand Natasha Jamieson (nee Holliss) of Gympie in academic dress with her 20th anniversary trencher.
Graduates told: 'hold on to your hats'
6 Apr 2016

Almost 1,000 University of the Sunshine Coast graduates will take home a piece of history after this week’s ceremonies – their special 20th anniversary trenchers.

Professors Neil and Anne Rees, the inaugural Heads of the USC Law School.
USC Law School founders to receive awards
6 Apr 2016

The academics who led the introduction of a suite of Law degrees at the University of the Sunshine Coast will become Emeritus Professors of the University this week.

Ken Thaiday Senior and his wife Elizabeth with his artwork Beizam Headdress at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2015. Photo By Miriam Carter – KickArts.
Torres Strait Island artist to receive USC honour
6 Apr 2016

A renowned Torres Strait Island artist whose work is displayed at the University of the Sunshine Coast will receive an Honorary Doctorate at a graduation ceremony on Thursday April 7.

USC's spaghetti bridge competition
Students weigh in to bridge-building contest
5 Apr 2016

Fourteen teams of Engineering students have used raw pasta, string and superglue to produce entries for this year’s Spaghetti Bridge Competition at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Wednesday 6 April).

USC Nursing graduate Crystel Schuchmann
Simulated heart attacks all in a day's work for graduate
5 Apr 2016

Making fake wounds and programming simulated heart attacks are all part of the job for University of the Sunshine Coast graduate nurse Crystel Schuchmann.

Senior Lecturer in Nursing Julie Martyn with presenters Robert Garland and Tracy-Madonna Wiley
USC academic heads health nexus
4 Apr 2016

Ensuring the Fraser Coast has the best health care possible is a top focus for a University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer who leads an innovative program for the region’s health care workers and students.

Chancellor's Medallist Paul Kaczykowski
Career soars for USC Chancellor’s Medallist
4 Apr 2016

A former Caboolture school student who reached for the stars as a circus aerial artist in the United States in his 20s has soared into a nursing career on the Sunshine Coast in his 30s, with his award-winning university success leading to a hospital job.

University of the Sunshine Coast graduand Ashley Porter.
Graduate is breaking news in digital world
4 Apr 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduand is helping to break stories from around Queensland in the fast-paced newsroom of the Seven Network.