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September 2016

Chancellor's Medallist Natalie Alexander at her USC Graduation yesterday (credit Silver Rose Photography).
Passion for social justice fuels Chancellor’s Medallist
30 Sep 2016

Taking the plunge into a new career path to help more of society’s most vulnerable people has earned Natalie Alexander a University of the Sunshine Coast Chancellor’s Medal.

Wong Siew Te with a sun bear in natural habitat.
Biologist and sun bear defender receives USC Honorary Doctorate
29 Sep 2016

An esteemed wildlife biologist who has helped ensure the survival of the south-east Asian sun bear has become an Honorary Doctor of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Bachelor of Education student Mathew Wenzel shows Jack Rodda one of the robots used to enhance learning in the new Makerspace Room at USC Fraser Coast.
USC forum to highlight high-tech learning
29 Sep 2016

Using new technology such as robots to enhance learning and problem-solving skills in the classroom will be in the spotlight at a University of the Sunshine Coast forum on the Fraser Coast on Friday 7 October.

Nursing Science graduates from USC Gympie Marrianne Holden and Tracy Beinke
USC Gympie celebrates its graduates
28 Sep 2016

A group of Nursing Science students will be recognised for their study and career success at a pre-graduation event at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Gympie campus

USC Senior Lecturer in Nursing Julie Martyn with Indigenous health worker Melanie Green
Research benefits Indigenous health workers
28 Sep 2016

Indigenous health workers may soon have access to targeted education to develop their skills and knowledge, following a study by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Free public seminars on law for artists
27 Sep 2016

A highly-experienced Sydney lawyer passionate about equipping artists with the skills and knowledge to understand their rights and negotiate fair reward for their work will give two free public seminars at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow, 28 September.

Sessional academic Alayna Cole.
USC’s Serious Gamers shine in international comp
27 Sep 2016

Three students from the University of the Sunshine Coast have claimed top prizes in a recent 60-hour international game design competition.

Wildlife photographer Gerard Mills on campus.
USC honour for wildlife photographer
26 Sep 2016

A passionate photographer on a 10-year odyssey to record the rich diversity of wildlife on the Sippy Downs campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast will become an Honorary Senior Fellow.

An image from a Zen Zen Zo theatre production (photographer Simon Woods).
Top director to lead new Performing Arts degree
26 Sep 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is set to introduce a new postgraduate Performing Arts degree, led by the founder of the award-winning Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre.

USC Law students David Knobel, left, and Callum Lee.
USC students win international law competition
26 Sep 2016

It was a fictitious legal battle billed as David versus Goliath – an instant noodle entrepreneur trying to negotiate a favourable commercial deal with a global food distributor known for aggressive tactics and big resources.

Students Andrea Crittenden-Rowe (front) and David Colbran in the science labs at USC Fraser Coast
Study science at USC Fraser Coast
23 Sep 2016

A Science degree that can open doors to a diverse range of careers will be offered through the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus from the start of next year.

David Utting, 71, and his wife Susie, 69, both now have USC doctorates.
Retired couple celebrates doctorates from USC
23 Sep 2016

A retired Melbourne couple returned home from a four-year Sunshine Coast adventure with more than warm holiday memories – they both now have doctorates.

USC students and volleyball players Bronwyn Oberholzer, Chloe Wolski and Calista Theron.
USC students contest national Unigames in Perth
23 Sep 2016

Forty-eight University of the Sunshine Coast students will be winging their way to Perth tomorrow, Saturday 24 September, to compete in the annual Australian Unigames.

USC Careers and Graduate Employment Adviser Tracy-Madonna Wylie
Free course for adults of all ages
22 Sep 2016

Imagine a course at university with no exams, homework or assignments and free tuition and workbooks.

A still shot from Safe Environments.
Health meets gaming in new USC technology
22 Sep 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast academics have been shortlisted for a prestigious Australasian award for serious games, after developing a ground-breaking new computer game to train health workers

USC's Sippy Downs campus.
USC makes the grade on global universities list
22 Sep 2016

USC has officially “arrived” on the global stage, making its first appearance in the Times Higher Education rankings of the top 980 universities in the world.

USC graduation celebrations earlier this year.
450 students to graduate in last ceremonies of 2016
22 Sep 2016

About 1,900 people are expected to join the excitement of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s final Graduation Ceremonies of 2016, to be held on Thursday 29 September.

USC Development Office Director Russell Ousley.
Event to link scholarship recipients and donors
21 Sep 2016

Donors who have funded University of the Sunshine Coast scholarships will have a chance to connect with the recipients at a special event on campus at Sippy Downs tomorrow, Thursday 22 September at 10.30am.

Adam Cullen’s Lightning Ridge Hare, which was kindly donated by Gerhard and Ingrid Schnorbus.
Exhibition honours USC art collection contributors
21 Sep 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will continue its 20th anniversary celebrations tomorrow evening with the official opening of an exhibition called USC Unpacked 20/20.

USC Civil Engineering (Honours) student James Ghent on campus at Sippy Downs.
USC student joins Opera House designers
20 Sep 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast student has landed a graduate role with the engineering firm responsible for some of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Year 12 Xavier College student Anthony Ross with his mother Donna Ross attending USC Fraser Coast’s Open Day.
New business degree at USC Fraser Coast
20 Sep 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is offering a new degree through its Fraser Coast campus designed to develop sought-after skills in today’s business world.

USC Lecturer Dr Karen Sutherland (second from left) with four of the students travelling to Vietnam, (L to R) Cassie Macmillan, Emma White, Maddy Major and Tayler Gale.
Study tour to examine social media in Vietnam
20 Sep 2016

A group of University of the Sunshine Coast students will travel to Vietnam on Saturday 24 September to research cultural differences in the way social media is used in marketing and public relations.

USC graduate Ashleigh Morris meets young villagers in a remote area of Indonesia.
USC graduate works to save forests in Indonesia
19 Sep 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate who last year received the Chancellor’s Medal along with her Environmental Health Science degree is now working in Indonesia for The Forest Trust (TFT), helping more companies to source responsibly-produced palm oil.

USC Spartans.
USC athletes swim and cycle to Rio silver medals
19 Sep 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast athletes have finished the Rio Paralympics with three silver medals and a swag of personal best performances.

Lecturer in Social Work Dr Athena Lathouras and Lecturer in Accounting Ratna Paudyal.
USC lecturers named among nation’s best
15 Sep 2016

Two University of the Sunshine Coast lecturers have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to student learning in the prestigious 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

International Development student Mo Borghetto of Kenilworth.
Cambodian photo project on show at USC Gallery
15 Sep 2016

Sunshine Coast residents can gain an amazing glimpse into the lives of people in a remote Cambodian village as part of a special exhibition at the USC Gallery that goes on display this week.

USC Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann.
USC joins landmark gender equity charter
14 Sep 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast has been granted membership to a new national charter aimed at achieving gender equity in the science and technology fields.

James Nash State High School Year 11 student Shannon Soutter with her project.
Budding young scientists impress at USC awards
14 Sep 2016

Friction, physics and even rocket flights were put under the microscope at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s recent Science Research Awards.

Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics Dr Anthony Villani with olive oil.
Seniors to get good oil in weight loss research
13 Sep 2016

Dozens of Sunshine Coast seniors have volunteered for University of the Sunshine Coast research into how antioxidants found in olive oil and certain fruit and vegetables might enable older adults to avoid losing muscle mass when they go on prescribed weight-loss diets.

USC student Emma Kendall of Gympie (centre)
Gympie shift brings career goal closer for Emma
13 Sep 2016

Leaving Brisbane to move back to her home town of Gympie was the key to allowing University of the Sunshine Coast student Emma Kendall to chase her dream of becoming a midwife.

USC Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering Dr Adrian McCallum discusses the project with FIDO representatives Colleen Enchelmeir and John Sinclair.
Fraser Island Defenders fund $100,000 USC scholarship
12 Sep 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast has received a $100,000 donation from a conservation organisation to fund research into minimising the impact of vehicle traffic on the fragile natural environment of Fraser Island.

Students at USC Gympie
USC Gympie to open its doors for inspiring fun
9 Sep 2016

People thinking about studying at university or looking for a fun day out with the family are invited to the University of the Sunshine Coast’s upcoming Open Day at its Gympie campus.

USC Fraser Coast students Kira Brieschke, Nicole Jorgensen, Kaitlyn Wain and Kaitlyn Tidy
How high can you go at USC Fraser Coast Open Day?
9 Sep 2016

It is an Open Day event that is sure to bring out the competitive side of family and friends on the Fraser Coast.

Gian-Luca Reinhard, Ramona Winiger and Thomas Nafzger were the first USC students to compete at the Snow Unigames.
USC students have sunny finish to Snow Unigames
8 Sep 2016

A team of University of the Sunshine Coast students brought some sunshine to the Snow Unigames in Victoria last week, finishing in the top three for one of the tournament’s major awards.

USC Master of Advanced Nursing Practice graduates Rebecca and Jeremy Mollenhauer of Maryborough
Husband and wife emergency nurses earn USC Master degrees
8 Sep 2016

Emergency nurses Jeremy and Rebecca Mollenhauer of Maryborough had double the reason to celebrate when they both graduated recently from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Emergency Care).

USC Clinical Trials Centre Director Lucas Litewka, centre, with staff members Claire Le Bris, left, and Georgie Street.
Clinical trials to begin at new USC centre
8 Sep 2016

Clinical trials of cutting-edge medical treatments – including a synthetic form of cannabis to counter a specific form of epilepsy – have begun at a new facility established by the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs.

Ferre and Mieke De Deyne with Ken Thaiday Senior’s sculpture “Big Beizam”, which was donated by the Proost-De Deyne Family to USC in 2012. Photo credit: Lachie Millard of Barefoot Pictures.
Exhibition to honour art collection contributors
8 Sep 2016

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the University of the Sunshine Coast opening in 1996, the University’s Gallery is holding an exhibition to honour 20 notable contributors to the development and continued growth of USC and, in particular, its amazing art collection.

USC SouthBank Student Support Advisor Kim Jennings and Support Officer Naresh Kumar
Three simple words to help students
7 Sep 2016

Being asked “are you okay?” can make a world of difference when you are a long way from home, as students at the multicultural SouthBank campus of the University of the Sunshine will discover

The Australian Emus Under 19 basketball team. Photo: FIBA
USC to host Australian U19 basketball team
7 Sep 2016

The rising stars of Australian basketball will hit the courts at the University of the Sunshine Coast this week, as the University hosts a high-performance camp for the Australian Emus Under 19 basketball team.

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering Dr Helen Fairweather.
Micro-computer training inspires young scientists
7 Sep 2016

An eco-friendly transportation study by a team of Brightwater State School students will receive a helping hand from an environmental engineering expert at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Thursday 8 September).

USC Journalism graduate Tom Snowdon reading the newspaper after enjoying a surf on the Sunshine Coast.
Journalism graduate scoops prime news role
6 Sep 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast Journalism graduate Tom Snowdon is helping to break some of Queensland’s most talked-about news stories in his role as a reporter for The Courier-Mail.

USC expands unique centre on Fraser Island
6 Sep 2016

Planning is underway for an exciting expansion of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Research and Learning Centre on Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world.

Lara Meital receiving her postgraduate scholarship from the combined Rotary Clubs of the Sunshine Coast at USC.
Graduate shares formula for academic excellence
5 Sep 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast Master of Science student who maintained a perfect grade point average as an undergraduate is now researching a medical treatment for a potentially deadly cardiovascular disease.

Talented wheelchair basketballer Steven Elliott has received one of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s first para-athlete scholarships
Gympie athlete receives para-sport scholarship
5 Sep 2016

A talented wheelchair basketballer from Gympie has received one of the first para-athlete scholarships in the University of the Sunshine Coast’s groundbreaking Sports Elite and Education Dual Stream (SEEDS) program

USC Lecturer in Animal Ecology Dr Andrew Olds
New Animal Ecology degree for Fraser Coast
2 Sep 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will make full use of the “ideal natural laboratory” of the Fraser Coast region when it introduces a Bachelor of Animal Ecology at its Fraser Coast campus next year.

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad
Government gives Moreton campus priority status
2 Sep 2016

Construction of a USC campus in the Moreton Bay Region is set to be fast-tracked, with the Queensland Government declaring the planned university precinct at Petrie a Priority Development Area.

USC Fraser Coast students Maddy Young, Ben Heber and Tahlia Rowe
Open Day is a Fraser Coast celebration
1 Sep 2016

More than 15 degrees and study programs will be showcased when the University of the Sunshine Coast opens the doors of its Fraser Coast campus to the community and prospective students on Sunday 18 September.

USC's 2016 Outstanding Alumni award winners Ryan Darnell, Katie Toney and  Scott Barker
Outstanding alumni to be awarded
1 Sep 2016

A 37-year-old Arts/Business graduate who is now an executive director at a leading Abu Dhabi property services company will be named the University of the Sunshine Coast’s 2016 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year at a ceremony on Tuesday 13 September.

Kateesha Hembrow, who is now studying a Bachelor of Business at USC after completing Headstart last year.
High school students can have Headstart to USC
1 Sep 2016

High school students who are keen to begin their university experience early are invited to an information session at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Thursday 8 September from 5-6pm.