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December 2016

USC graduate Stephanie Perrett.
USC degree helps Stephanie land agribusiness job
22 Dec 2016

Growing up on her family’s cattle property fuelled Stephanie Perrett’s ambition to work in rural Australia, and now a degree from the University of the Sunshine Coast has led to a graduate position in agribusiness with one of Australia’s largest banks.

University of the Sunshine Coast student Jordyn Archer of Buddina.
Student embarks on Indonesian adventure
22 Dec 2016

New Year’s Day will signal the start of an exciting adventure for University of the Sunshine Coast student Jordyn Archer of Buddina, who will spend the next six months studying in the bustling Indonesian city of Bandung.

University of the Sunshine Coast student Tracy Hardy, whose efforts towards achieving better health for Indigenous Australians have earned her a national award.
Student earns national Indigenous health award
21 Dec 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast student Tracy Hardy has a vision for better health for Indigenous Australians – and her efforts to achieve this have earned her a national award.

Popular science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.
Dr Karl to lead lively discussions at Woodford
20 Dec 2016

Popular science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is teaming up with researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to deliver some lively discussions about life’s big questions at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival.

SC student Grant Hamsey, 21, will travel to Europe for the World Junior B Curling Championships in Östersund, Sweden.
Grant hopes for clean sweep at World Curling Championships
20 Dec 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast student and curling star is proving that he can match it with the best of the world – without putting his degree on ice.

Psychology Honours student Jessica Blower speaks with her supervisor Senior Lecturer in Psychology Dr Rachael Sharman.
Interacting with the dead via Facebook: USC study
19 Dec 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast Psychology research has lifted the lid on modern mourning, finding higher levels of anxiety and stress among people who interact online with the deceased via Facebook profiles.

USC graduate dietitian Taleisha Bennier
USC graduate helps patients improve gut health
15 Dec 2016

A belief that everyone should be able to enjoy food has inspired a graduate nutritionist and dietitian from Bundaberg to develop a special interest in gastrointestinal health.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill presents Professor Abigail Elizur with an Excellence in Research award
Outstanding staff win Vice-Chancellor’s awards
15 Dec 2016

Seven University of the Sunshine Coast staff and two specialist teams have received prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence for their commitment to research, learning and teaching, and engagement.

USC Engineering students, (front l-r) Nicola Marshall and Jo Gorring with (back l-r) Douglas Tukutama and Alex Chapman
Students engineer pedal-powered success
15 Dec 2016

A team of University of the Sunshine Coast students has made the finals of a national competition to design sustainable engineering solutions for a refugee settlement in Africa.

USC graduate dietitians Megan Leane (right) and Taleisha Bennier at Ms Leane’s dietitian practice in Gladstone.
USC graduate finds right ingredients for success
14 Dec 2016

Within a few years of gaining a dietetics degree, a young University of the Sunshine Coast graduate is providing job opportunities for other graduates at her expanding private practice in Gladstone.

Epicuest founders Scotty Thomas (left) and Billy Bowyer (right) with USC student Sam Joyce.
Students dining out on tales of beacon success
14 Dec 2016

Aspiring entrepreneurs from the University of the Sunshine Coast have taken a high-tech approach to hunger-busting by trialling beacon technology at cafes on campus.

Senior Lecturer in Information and Communications Technology Dr Mark Utting and student Michael Liu teamed up with local developer Mic Black create ‘Light Trails’.
USC team lights up Hackfest with art installation
13 Dec 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast lecturer and student who turned big data into public art at the recent Sunshine Coast Council Hackfest claimed three major awards in the process.

Student TeAna Riddell experiences USC’s Lab of Awesome
High-tech ‘Lab of Awesome’ to visit Gympie
13 Dec 2016

Holiday activities in Gympie will receive a high-tech infusion with a visit by the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Lab of Awesome.

Nyobie White of Amamoor has enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Science at USC Gympie next year.
Nyobie enrols to chase cosmetic nursing goal
12 Dec 2016

A long-held ambition to work in the field of cosmetic medicine has set a former Gympie supermarket manager on the pathway to a Nursing Science degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Greg White.
Runway researcher named in top 100 innovators
12 Dec 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast academic has been named among Australia’s top 100 most innovative engineers for his cutting-edge research into improving airport pavement technology.

USC Human Resources Adviser Tim Spratling presenting 15 baskets of gifts, along with $500 cash, to Nancy McCam and Marion Allan of The Smith Family.
USC staff play Santa for The Smith Family
8 Dec 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast staff have pitched in to help local families have a happier Christmas by donating 15 baskets of books and toys – plus a bicycle – to charity organisation The Smith Family.

Melanie Wright with her Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame award.
Gold medallist inducted into Sports Hall of Fame
8 Dec 2016

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Melanie Wright (nee Schlanger) has been inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Prudence Millear
Psychologist takes purr-fect approach to get dogged problems to heel
8 Dec 2016

Treating problems as if they are dogs is a novel approach to dealing with difficulties recommended by University of the Sunshine Coast academic Dr Prudence Millear in her new book ‘The Benefits of a Light Heart’.

Raymart Walker, left, and Joseph Davies with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the scholarship presentation. Credit DFAT.
Students earn Federal scholarships to study in Asia
7 Dec 2016

2017 is shaping up as a transformative year for two high-flying University of the Sunshine Coast students who have received prestigious Australian Government scholarships to study in Asia.

Former Australian Test cricketer Kirsten Pike and former Australian Open Women’s Touch representative Peta Rogerson at the Sports Hall of Fame.
Sports Hall of Fame to welcome new inductee
6 Dec 2016

The Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 2016 Induction Ceremony at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow evening (Wednesday 7 December).

University of the Sunshine Coast academic Dr Michele Verdonck.
Call to use phones to help those with disabilities
6 Dec 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast academic recently hit the road to share her expertise in how smart phone technology can be used to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

USC Education student Casey Charles chatting with Tim Fairfax AC and Roma State College principal Anthony Green.
Fairfax encourages students to consider rural teaching
5 Dec 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast Education students have been strongly encouraged to consider working in country classrooms by a philanthropist who has a passion for supporting rural and remote parts of Queensland.

USC Indigenous Services Community Engagement Officer Les Raveneau with student Ashleigh Clarke.
Local hero inspires Indigenous students at USC
2 Dec 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast has appointed a well-known Indigenous artist, dancer and sporting identity to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Gympie and the Fraser Coast to aspire to university.

USC Gympie Bachelor of Education student Naomi Carroll
USC award helps young mother chase teaching dream
2 Dec 2016

Naomi Carroll put her career aspirations aside when she became a teenage mother – until a University of the Sunshine Coast program put her on the path to a teaching degree.

University of the Sunshine Coast Public Relations graduate Jess Thoms.
Graduate is pioneer of the ‘chatbot’ industry
1 Dec 2016

Within a year of completing her degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Jess Thoms of Kawana has established herself as a pioneer of the high-tech ‘chatbot’ industry.