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October 2016

Year 12 Urangan State High School student Winstern Beni was the overall winner at the 2016 Science Research Awards, hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast.
School scientists show off their research at USC
31 Oct 2016

Future scientists from high schools across the Fraser Coast have showcased their skills at the 2016 Science Research Awards hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Visiting Professor Maryellen Weimer at USC's L&T Week 2016
International expert at USC’s Learning and Teaching Week
31 Oct 2016

Improving students’ learning experiences will be on the agenda when an international expert in evidence-based teaching visits the University of the Sunshine Coast this week.

USC Development Team members at Giving Day
USC community gives $25,000 to help students in need
28 Oct 2016

A group of financially disadvantaged students from the University of the Sunshine Coast will receive a helping hand to complete their degrees after the USC community donated more than $25,000 as part of its inaugural ‘G-Day’ fundraising event.

Graduate Nick Dootson. Silver Rose Photography
Morayfield graduate pursues medical science role
28 Oct 2016

The career and research opportunities expected to flow from the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital have inspired new University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Nick Dootson to advance his clinical investigation skills

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Marketing professionals offer advice to students
28 Oct 2016

An impressive line-up of local marketing professionals will speak at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s inaugural Student Marketing Forum and Networking Event on Monday 31 October.

Graduate Lani Machado. Silver Rose Photography
Bribie Island graduate launches design career
27 Oct 2016

Bribie Island resident Lani Machado, 21, has launched into a freelance design career after graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Hot off the Press exhibition at USC Gallery
USC Design portfolios are hot off the press
27 Oct 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast advanced-level Design students will showcase their digital design and commercial graphic portfolios in a new exhibition, Hot off the Press, to be officially opened at USC’s Art Gallery at 6.30pm on Friday 4 November.

Artist's impression of upgraded USC Sports Stadium
$5 million USC Sports Stadium upgrade underway
27 Oct 2016

A $5 million upgrade of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Sports Stadium on campus at Sippy Downs is set to attract crowds of spectators to a wider variety of matches at local, national and international levels from early next year.

Graduate Jacinta Blums. Silver Rose Photography
North Lakes graduate creates dream weddings
27 Oct 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate from North Lakes is now a weddings and events executive at a major Queensland resort, helping to create perfect ceremonies for brides and grooms to say ‘I do’.

USC PhD students Michelle Kahn and Megan Banky
Researchers win grant for brain injury research
26 Oct 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast research into using phone apps and video game technology to improve the assessment of patients with traumatic brain injuries has received a grant from the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV).

Aldridge State High School year 12 students
USC gives senior students a Headstart to uni
26 Oct 2016

Sixteen students from Maryborough’s Aldridge State High will have a flying start on gaining a university degree when they finish school in just over three weeks

Smart Steps program for Year 12 students
26 Oct 2016

Thirty Year 12 Gympie students with no plans for further study when they leave school next month will take part in a pilot program designed to change their thinking about university.

Qld Oztag Development Officer Richy Kneipp, USC Senior Lecturer in Psychology Dr Geoff Lovell and Qld Oztag Director of Business Operations Brendan Powell
USC gives Year 9 students ‘sport for thought’
25 Oct 2016

A former Olympic coach is part of a team of University of the Sunshine Coast academics showing Year 9 Fraser Coast students how sport can help them kick goals in their education and their career ambitions.

USC graduate and medallist Stephen Hamacek. By Silver Rose Photography
Medallist’s music video screens at film festivals
24 Oct 2016

A Sunshine Beach animator, filmmaker, sound engineer, flautist, composer and actor who recently added University of the Sunshine Coast Medallist to his bow is celebrating the worldwide screenings of a music video created for his USC degree.

Bachelor of Nursing Science student Peter Nugent of Maryborough
Gas worker returns home to study Nursing at USC
24 Oct 2016

Watching his wife recover in hospital from a life-threatening infection convinced Maryborough coal seam gas worker Peter Nugent to give up his job to study nursing.

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Naresh Kumar
Indian graduate swaps village life for SouthBank
24 Oct 2016

Growing up playing street cricket in his small village in India, University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Naresh Kumar never expected to one day work in the heart of Brisbane.

USC researcher Dr Christofer Clemente and echidnas tracked in the study.
The private life of echidnas: USC-led research
20 Oct 2016

Little-known habits of the iconic native animal illustrated on Australia’s five cent coin have been unveiled in new research led by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Psychology graduate Kyle Elsley at the USC graduation ceremony at Matthew Flinders Anglican College Performance Centre, Buderim. Please credit Silver Rose Photography.
USC graduate aims to help younger generation
19 Oct 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast Psychology graduate from Gympie is planning to build a career around understanding the minds of adolescents to help them to succeed at school.

New Social Media minor at USC
18 Oct 2016

To keep pace with the rapid growth of social media as a vital communication platform, the University of the Sunshine Coast will offer a Social Media minor from next year.

Mother-and-son USC students Trish Fitzgerald and Jacob Stains.
Sport Science graduate wins NRL Sharks internship
17 Oct 2016

A 21-year-old University of the Sunshine Coast student passionate about football, education and science has won an internship with National Rugby League team, the Cronulla Sharks.

Damien Murphy recently graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a double degree in Arts and Education (Secondary), is working as a full-time teacher at Kepnock State High School.
Coaching spices up graduate teaching job
14 Oct 2016

A former cook who is now a graduate teacher in Bundaberg has added football coaching to his school duties as the perfect recipe for a rewarding career.

Nepalese nurses Surakshya Mishra, 24, and Rashmi Srimali Dawadi, 22 are studying the Bachelor of Nursing Science at USC’s Fraser Coast campus
Nepalese nurses study at USC Fraser Coast
14 Oct 2016

The coastal lifestyle of Hervey Bay is an added bonus for two international students who have enrolled at the University of the Sunshine Coast to chase their nursing dreams.

Contributed file shot of USC graduate and staff member Kristy Ellis in sporting competition
USC Business graduate in national Hall of Fame
13 Oct 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate and staff member Kristy Ellis AM will tonight be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame for her world-beating career in surf life saving.

Associate Professor in Hydraulic Engineering Terry Lucke.
USC stormwater research wins major award
12 Oct 2016

Cutting-edge University of the Sunshine Coast research into stormwater management has been recognised with a major industry association award.

Leanne Bridges at Kruger National Park in South Africa, where she completed a 40-day work placement as part of her degree.
Science graduate inspired by wildlife passion
12 Oct 2016

A childhood spent in some of Australia’s most remote national parks inspired a University of the Sunshine Coast graduate to a near-perfect score in her Animal Ecology degree.

Kathryn Hooper, 21, of Woombye with acting chancellor Bruce Cowley. Credit: Silver Rose Photography.
Pursuit of maths excellence inspires medallist
11 Oct 2016

A keen mathematician whose initiatives have opened the way for students at the University of the Sunshine Coast to pursue new areas of postgraduate study has received its highest student honour.

USC PhD candidate Odette Norton.
USC study seeks views on wrinkles and botox
11 Oct 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast psychology study hopes to find out how middle-aged and older women cope with the signs of ageing such as wrinkles and facial sagging.

USC Paralympic coach Jan Cameron and a Sport and Exercise Science student Lydia Jahnke.
USC dives into new $4.2m multi-pool project
10 Oct 2016

A plan to build a $4.2 million Sunshine Coast Aquatic Exercise Facility next to USC’s Olympic-standard pool on campus at Sippy Downs is off the blocks after receiving a State Government grant.

Imran Khan at his graduation ceremony at Matthew Flinders Anglican College Performance Centre, Buderim (credit Silver Rose Photography).
Nursing graduate earns University Medal
10 Oct 2016

Making the long journey from his native Kenya to Australia has resulted in a University of the Sunshine Coast Medal for Nursing Science graduate Imran Manji.

USC Design and Marketing student Jessica Schmidt, 19, was selected for the World Water Ski Unigames.
USC water skier competes at World Uni Champs
7 Oct 2016

An aspiring web designer studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast has returned from competing in a thrilling World University Waterski Championships in Japan.

Year 7 students Rose and Beth Elmer of Maryborough in the science labs at USC Fraser Coast
Young minds inspired by science
6 Oct 2016

Mind-blowing” is how Year 7 student Rose Elmer of Maryborough describes conducting her first experiment in a science lab at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus.

Lecturer in Psychology Dr Rachael Sharman, who specialises in child/adolescent development.
Expert USC panel to outline careers in health
6 Oct 2016

Career trends in the fast-evolving health industry will be outlined by a panel of University of the Sunshine Coast experts at a public event on Tuesday 11 October on campus at Sippy Downs.

USC hosts 10th Indigenous Education Symposium
6 Oct 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is set to welcome hundreds of academics, scholars and community members to the 10th Annual Indigenous Education Symposium on Saturday 15 October.

First-year graduate teacher Nathan Zahra.
Award success for USC career-change teacher
6 Oct 2016

A former cook, cement renderer, travel agent and underground coal miner who studied at the University of the Sunshine Coast to become a teacher now has 150,000 reasons for his career change.

Raymart Walker accepting his award from Sally Rogan and Jennifer DeHaemars at the Australasian PASS and Peer Learning Conference.
Raymart receives international peer leader award
5 Oct 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast student has received an international leadership award for his enthusiastic work as a driving force within the University’s peer academic assistance program.

Jessica Haig and Jane Larkin with their bronze medals for athletics.
USC wins medal haul at Australian Unigames
4 Oct 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast Spartans brought a golden touch to the 2016 Australian University Games, taking out three titles at the national event in Perth last week.