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February 2016

USC Gympie's first international student Emma Hymas
USC Gympie's first international student
29 Feb 2016

A love of horses and the appeal of the Australian outback have motived Emma Hymas from Essex, England, to become the first international student to enrol at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s campus at Gympie.

USC Chancellor John Dobson presenting Dr Karl Kruszelnicki with his Honorary Doctorate.
Dr Karl thrilled to gain USC Honorary Doctorate
29 Feb 2016

Australia’s favourite scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has added another string to his academic bow after receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Julie Schomberg with USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill and Chancellor John Dobson at the official launch of Visions on Friday night.
Dreams and ‘Visions’ for USC’s 20th celebration
29 Feb 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast has launched an impressive book, called ‘Visions’, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its official opening.

Visions author and USC staff member Julie Schomberg.
New book ‘Visions’ celebrates USC 1996-2016
25 Feb 2016

A two-year project to capture the heart of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s history through transformational stories of its people has resulted in the publication of a new book, ‘Visions’.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is receiving an honorary doctorate from USC.
Dr Karl to be recognised with Honorary Doctorate
25 Feb 2016

One of Australia’s most recognisable science commentators, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM, will be recognised in a new way by the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Friday 26 February).

A VasoActive researcher checking the equipment on a study participant.
Researchers gear up for cardio fitness study
24 Feb 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast research group is seeing if pedal power could help make inroads into the treatment of a potentially deadly cardiovascular condition.

Triple J’s Drive program presenters Veronica Milsom and Lewis Hobba.
Triple J brings ‘O-Mazing Race’ to USC
24 Feb 2016

Orientation Week at the University of the Sunshine Coast is set for some zany national exposure when Triple J’s Drive program presenters Veronica Milsom and Lewis Hobba visit USC’s Sippy Downs campus tomorrow (Thursday 25 February).

Philanthropist Jocelyn Walker, who bought 12 pavers for past recipients of her family’s annual Vic Walker Memorial Scholarship as well as family members, with four of her scholarship recipients Fraser Clayton, Karl Wendt, Sam Gardiner and Sine McGregor.
400 generous graduates make a name for USC
24 Feb 2016

Hundreds of University of the Sunshine Coast alumni will this week officially unveil a special pathway on campus that demonstrates their pride in USC and willingness to help future students.

Aiden Smith, Mitch Chalmers and Rhonda Byrnes find their way around the University.
O week at the pool, stadium – and courtroom
23 Feb 2016

From the drama of the courtroom to the action in the stadium and the pool, there will be plenty to attract students to the second day of orientation activities at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow, Wednesday 24 February.

Ebony Wilson and Nathan Hayes with the perpetual Spartan Court Race trophy.
Nathan wins USC’s first Spartan Court Race
23 Feb 2016

Nathan Hayes of Bongaree has become the inaugural men’s winner of the Spartan Court Race on day one of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s 2016 Orientation Week.

Big wave surfing champion Mark Visser.
Big wave surfer faces rigorous test at USC
23 Feb 2016

Australian big wave surfer and ocean adventurer Mark Visser will be put through some rigorous testing when he visits the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Wednesday 24 February).

USC student actors James Sutton and Annie Sterling rehearsing for their roles in ‘Away’.
USC Theatre production to open to sell-out crowd
23 Feb 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast Drama students are ready to hit the stage tomorrow night in a sold-out opening performance of the classic Australian play ‘Away’.

Workshop makes studying at USC easier
23 Feb 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is running a three-day academic skills workshop for hundreds of students enrolled at USC Fraser Coast before the official university year begins on Monday 29 February.

USC students line up for the USC Spartan Court Race.
Students on their marks for orientation fun
22 Feb 2016

The USC Spartan Court Race and a bracing game of Quidditch will be fast-paced highlights for students enjoying the fun of orientation including Market Day at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow, Tuesday 23 February.

USC Associate Professor Michael Nagel, who specialises in linking neurological theory with the everyday realities of raising and teaching children.
Seminar explains how ‘brainsex’ influences learning
18 Feb 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast education academic who specialises in linking neurological theory with the everyday realities of raising and teaching children will give local school teachers insight into recent research on how boys and girls learn.

Chancellor State College OP1 graduate Annabel Webber of Buderim.
OP1 student has medicine on her mind
18 Feb 2016

Chancellor State College OP1 graduate Annabel Webber has enrolled at the University of the Sunshine Coast as the starting point for a career as a surgeon.

A man and a woman holding their smart phones.
Get talking to save your marriage, says researcher
17 Feb 2016

If the buzz of Valentine’s Day is already a distant memory for some married couples, a   senior academic from the University of the Sunshine Coast suggests it might be time for words instead of action.

Students at the USC Southbank campus.
USC SouthBank to welcome students of 2016
17 Feb 2016

Students from across Brisbane and the world will get to know the University of the Sunshine Coast’s expanding campus at Brisbane’s South Bank at orientation activities on Thursday 25 February.

Monica Boulton of Booral will start studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast later this month
Aspiring surgeon ready to start USC studies
16 Feb 2016

Monica Boulton of Booral will take her first step towards becoming a surgeon when she begins studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast later this month.

USC science students Jono, Vanessa and Kathryn Hooper.
USC makes way for super Hoopers of science
15 Feb 2016

Top grades and the pursuit of science have encouraged 18-year-old Vanessa Hooper to become the third of her siblings to study at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Gympie
Orientation Day to welcome USC Gympie students
12 Feb 2016

Students at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Gympie campus will enjoy an upbeat start to the 2016 study year with Orientation Day on Thursday 18 February.

Leader of USC’s Adolescent Risk Research Unit Dr Bridie Scott-Parker.
Do parents and learner drivers see the same road?
12 Feb 2016

P-plate drivers will get the chance to test their skills in a road environment simulator at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sippy Downs campus to contribute to latest safety research by senior academic Dr Bridie Scott-Parker.

University of the Sunshine Coast graduand Rachael Anderson from Bundaberg.
Wide Bay role for Occupational Therapy graduand
12 Feb 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduand from Bundaberg has returned to the Wide Bay Burnett region to start her career helping children with a disability.

Eighteen-year-old St Patrick’s College graduate Nick Gerrard.
Motorcyclist revved up for engineering
11 Feb 2016

Gympie student Nick Gerrard plans to turn his passion for motorbikes into a professional career after enrolling in a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics Dr Gary Slater.
Sports dietitian to bust supplement myths
11 Feb 2016

A sports dietitian from the University of the Sunshine Coast will give a free public lecture to help athletes separate fact from fiction regarding supplements on Friday 19 February.

University of the Sunshine Coast student Jordan Andrews.
Rainfall app a finalist in pitch comp
11 Feb 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast student Jordan Andrews will fly to Melbourne tomorrow, Friday 12 February, for a $100,000 chance to kickstart the commercialisation of his award-winning design of a rainfall app for mobile phones.

Quidditch at the 2015 Orientation.
New students welcomed with days of fun
11 Feb 2016

Hundreds of new university students will be climbing walls, riding broomsticks, dancing to live music and satisfying their thirst for knowledge at the 2016 ‘Orientation to USC’ events on campus at Sippy Downs from 23-25 February.

USC Fraser Coast students
Orientation for USC Fraser Coast’s first students
11 Feb 2016

The first group of students to enrol at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Fraser Coast campus will be welcomed with a fun and festive orientation day on Friday 19 February.

20-year-old Paul Hoggard of Oakhurst.
Accounting draws Paul to USC Fraser Coast
10 Feb 2016

After studying at TAFE and a big Brisbane university, Oakhurst 20-year-old Paul Hoggard is ready to balance the books with an accounting career closer to home.

USC PhD candidate Liz Ota, from Brazil.
Reforestation project in Philippine villages
10 Feb 2016

An international University of the Sunshine Coast researcher has travelled to the Philippines to design a better system of rehabilitating land that was previously cleared through ‘slash and burn’ farming.

Inaugural director of USC’s Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute Professor Jim Lagopoulos.
Neurophysiologist leads USC’s new mind institute
9 Feb 2016

A leading academic and medical specialist involved in world-renowned research and clinical practice has moved from Sydney to the University of the Sunshine Coast to lead its new multi-million-dollar facility focused on preventing, treating and curing mental illnesses.

USC student actors Annie Sterling and James Sutton.
USC Theatre prepares for Australian classic
9 Feb 2016

All the ups and downs of a good, old-fashioned family road trip will be brought to the stage when University of the Sunshine Coast Drama students perform the acclaimed Australian play Away at Sippy Downs from 24-27 February.

Catherine Sugget, new Nursing Science student at USC Fraser Coast
Catherine to study nursing at USC Fraser Coast
8 Feb 2016

When Hervey Bay’s Catherine Sugget walks on to the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus on Monday 29 February, she will be striving to follow in her mum’s footsteps as a nurse.

USC PhD student Paula Loveday.
Researcher puts pursuit of happiness to the test
8 Feb 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher says one 15-minute exercise could have a major impact on how positively people think about their future.

USC Professor of Criminology Tim Prenzler.
Crime prevention book secures top award
5 Feb 2016

A book that focuses on the practical ways communities can work together to reduce crime has earned a University of the Sunshine Coast academic a prestigious industry award.

Detail from Jandamarra Cadd’s work, ‘Ceremony - Women’s Business’.
Exhibition on kinship by Archibald Prize finalist
4 Feb 2016

An Australia-wide touring exhibition by Aboriginal artist and 2014 Archibald Prize finalist Jandamarra Cadd will open at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery at 6.30pm on Thursday 18 February.

USC Gympie students Dean and Kerri Santos with their three-year-old son Jimmy.
Couple sign up for university study at Gympie
4 Feb 2016

2016 is shaping up as a big year for one Gympie household, with married couple Dean and Kerri Santos accepting offers to study locally at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

A close-up of a native bee hive being used in the USC study.
USC bee research to scan pollen ‘barcodes’
3 Feb 2016

Cutting-edge technology which scans the natural ‘barcode’ of pollen will be used in new University of the Sunshine Coast research on bee populations.

Urangan State High School graduate Paige Keys of Eli Waters
Accounting adds up for Hervey Bay musician
3 Feb 2016

After excelling at high school accounting last year, Paige Keys of Eli Waters believes studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) locally at the University of the Sunshine Coast simply adds up.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is receiving an honorary doctorate from USC.
Dr Karl to receive first Honorary Doctorate
2 Feb 2016

One of Australia’s most recognisable science commentators, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM, is about to be recognised in a new way by the University of the Sunshine Coast.