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April 2017

USC Southbank student Maham Aqeel with Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at her appointment ceremony.
Pakistani student to promote Brisbane to the world
28 Apr 2017

USC SouthBank student Maham Aqeel of Pakistan has become the first female to represent her country as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador

Family violence awareness campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will become an Honorary Doctor of USC.
Rosie Batty to give public address in Gympie
28 Apr 2017

Family violence awareness campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will deliver a free public address at the Gympie Civic Centre on Friday 5 May.

USC SouthBank Commerce student Peter Walsh
Twenty years on, Peter decides it’s time for degree
27 Apr 2017

An adventure-seeking world traveller has decided to end what he describes as the longest-ever gap year to study Commerce at USC’s SouthBank campus.

USC students clean up rubbish on Fraser Island
Beach litter on Fraser Island shocks USC students
27 Apr 2017

Green sea turtle hatchlings getting caught in rubbish were among the worrying discoveries by USC students conducting a major clean-up of Fraser Island’s beach front.

Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic Business Manager Gayle Dowsett and USC Clinical Trials Centre Director Lucas Litewka
USC and specialists to start cancer clinical trials
27 Apr 2017

Sunshine Coast residents will have access to breakthrough clinical trials for new cancer treatments following a partnership between USC and one of the Coast’s largest private clinics for cancer patients.

USC award for Fraser Coast’s top educator
26 Apr 2017

The search is on for an exceptional and innovative teacher to be named the inaugural USC Fraser Coast Educator of the Year.

USC graduate Jacob Allen of Gympie
Full circle for graduate teacher at Gympie High
26 Apr 2017

There is something special about teaching in the town you grew up in, according to former Gympie State High School vice-captain Jacob Allen who has returned to his old school as a graduate teacher.

Associate Professor Chris Askew.
USC experts to explain how exercise and diet can help manage blood pressure
26 Apr 2017

Two USC academics will give talks at the Sunshine Coast Heart Week Expo at Birtinya on Saturday 29 April to encourage more people to make lifestyle changes for heart health.

USC Adjunct Professor of Film and Television Kim Dalton.
Former ABC TV chief to boost USC research
26 Apr 2017

A former head of ABC Television and the Australian Film Commission has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Celine Frere, right, with USC student Bethan Littleford-Colquhoun and an eastern water dragon at parklands in Brisbane.
USC study reveals rapid evolution of city lizards
26 Apr 2017

Newly-published research led by the University of the Sunshine Coast has found evidence that a native lizard species found in four Brisbane parks is rapidly differentiating in terms of its genetics and morphology (body size and shape).

USC graduate Michaela Bakewell
Narangba graduate begins early childhood career
20 Apr 2017

Micheala Bakewell of Narangba is fulfilling her dream of teaching young children after graduating with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC graduate Lexie Purcell
USC graduate sees exciting future in prosthetics
20 Apr 2017

Sharing a house with a world champion para-cyclist and working alongside Paralympic swimmers at USC has inspired Maryborough graduate Lexie Purcell to pursue a career in sports prosthetics.

Leanne Francia
USC studies mental health of separated families
20 Apr 2017

USC Psychology researchers are examining the impacts of Australia’s family law system on parents and children going through separations and custody negotiations.

Education students learn inclusive activities
19 Apr 2017

Preservice teachers at USC have received a valuable lesson in how to make school physical activities suitable for children of all abilities, including those with disabilities.

USC Gympie campus
Free USC course for adults of all ages
19 Apr 2017

USC is offering a free course at its Gympie and Fraser Coast campuses for people thinking of taking their first step in returning to study at university or TAFE.

USC students and Dr Kennedy-Behr working with a child in Vanuatu in 2016.
Touching milestone in USC’s Vanuatu project
18 Apr 2017

A simple video of a child in Vanuatu crawling for the first time has demonstrated the incredible ongoing effects of a work placement by USC Occupational Therapy (OT) students nearly a year ago.

USC Marketing graduate Gareth Francis and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law Professor Tim Smith
Gareth finds home-town advantage at USC Gympie
18 Apr 2017

Returning to his home town of Gympie to attend university after many years of working away has paid dividends for new USC Business graduate Gareth Francis.

Family violence awareness campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will become an Honorary Doctor of USC.
Rosie Batty to receive honorary award in Gympie
13 Apr 2017

Family violence awareness campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty will become an Honorary Doctor of USC at a special celebration in Gympie on Friday 5 May.

Gabrielle Neil, 22, who has landed a high-level role with a franchise development firm in Brisbane.
USC graduate starts graphic design career
13 Apr 2017

Nundah resident Gabrielle Neil has landed a high-level role with a franchise development firm in Brisbane after completing a Bachelor of Computer-Based Design at USC.

USC Nursing Science graduate Parris Newlove at the recent USC graduation ceremony.
Graduate nurse Parris Newlove works in heart ward
13 Apr 2017

A new Caboolture graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast has already landed a job in the cardiac and stroke ward of Caboolture Hospital.

USC Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology Dr Jonathan Mason.
USC Psychology expert to present at national Chromosome 18 conference
12 Apr 2017

“Four key strategies for managing challenging behaviour” will be outlined by USC Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology Dr Jonathan Mason at a national conference on the Sunshine Coast to assist the families and futures of people with chromosome abnormalities.

Tara Khatri Lamichhane of Nepal when she received her Nursing Science degree from USC last week.
Large gathering for Nepalese student’s graduation
12 Apr 2017

When Tara Khatri Lamichhane of Nepal received her Nursing Science degree from USC last week, there was no shortage of cameras ready to capture the moment.

USC student Rachele Wilson, of the Blackall Range, conducting fieldwork. (Please credit Tim Heard.)
PhD researcher buzzing after winning new grant
12 Apr 2017

A USC PhD student investigating the foraging patterns of Australian native bees in forests and orchards has received a grant from the Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens.

USC’s Professor Karen Nelson, who has been recognised as a Principal Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Academy.
USC professor recognised by British academy
11 Apr 2017

The senior academic overseeing the development of student learning at USC has been recognised as a Principal Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Academy.

2016 graduates Catherine Moyes, Alanah Davies and Elise Wright recently joined 2012 graduate Samantha Storey as OT staff at Cooroy’s Eden Rehabilitation Hospital.
Rehab hospital employs team of USC graduates
11 Apr 2017

Graduates from USC now make up the entire Occupational Therapy (OT) team at a major Sunshine Coast rehabilitation hospital.

USC Sippy Downs campus
USC in top 150 young universities in world
10 Apr 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast has been ranked for the first time on a prestigious global list of the top young universities, including a place in the top 50 ‘Gen Y’ institutions.

Dalby Christian College’s 2016 captain and dux Phoebe Gaul has received a $20,000 boost to her Occupational Therapy studies.
School captain receives $20,000 scholarship
10 Apr 2017

Dalby Christian College’s 2016 captain and dux Phoebe Gaul has become the inaugural recipient of a new $20,000 scholarship at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Associate Professor Scott Cummins (nearest to starfish) with fellow researchers (clockwise from back left) Dr Utpal Bose, Dr Min Zhao and Dr Tianfang Wang.
USC researchers help reveal deadly starfish secrets
6 Apr 2017

University of the Sunshine Coast research led by Associate Professor of Molecular Biology Scott Cummins has contributed to a breakthrough discovery that could protect the Great Barrier Reef from the coral-killing crown-of-thorns starfish.

Chelsea Wallis, who will receive a University Medal for a grade point average of a 6.87 out of a possible 7, along with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
USC to celebrate its first Law graduates
6 Apr 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s will celebrate the graduation of its first Law students tomorrow (Friday 7 April).

Donald Jamieson, a former senior banker who will receive his Executive Master of Business Administration at a USC Graduation Ceremony.
Donald Jamieson banking on success with EMBA
6 Apr 2017

When Donald Jamieson officially receives his Executive Master of Business Administration at a USC Graduation Ceremony tomorrow, Friday 7 April, the former senior banker will be marking both personal and professional achievements.

Buderim’s Kathryn Allan, 25.
Social justice leader earns USC Chancellor’s Medal
5 Apr 2017

A high-achieving USC Social Science student with a passion for human rights will receive a prestigious Chancellor’s Medal when she graduates tomorrow (Thursday 6 April).

Generic photo of USC campus.
Nutrition degree feeds graduate’s health career
5 Apr 2017

When Fiona Hegarty crosses the stage to receive her Bachelor of Nutrition at the USC Graduation Ceremony at 1pm tomorrow, Thursday 6 April, it will be a milestone in the 21-year-old’s burgeoning career in health.

Legally blind student Nicole Damarra and guide dog Nev.
Graduate happy for guide dog to steal the show
5 Apr 2017

Nicole Damarra’s guide dog, Nev, stole the show when she graduated from USC in 2013, with Chancellor John Dobson also shaking hands with the clever canine after congratulating Nicole on gaining a Bachelor of Social Science.

USC graduate nurse Sophie Goulis of Gympie
Gympie nurse named USC Chancellor's Medallist
4 Apr 2017

Gympie’s Sophie Goulis will graduate from USC tomorrow with perfect grades, a nursing job and the University’s highest honour for a graduating student – the Chancellor’s Medal.

USC Education student and Indigenous welfare advocate Angie Rudd, who will receive a Chancellor’s Medal.
Indigenous advocate and mum-of-two to receive Chancellor’s Medal
4 Apr 2017

A USC Education student who achieved outstanding academic results while raising a young family will receive USC’s highest honour at a USC graduation ceremony tomorrow (Wednesday 5 April) at 10am.

Jesse Lanigan (with her four children) will become the first Indigenous student to complete TPP via STEMM.
STEMM mums celebrate USC Graduation ceremonies
4 Apr 2017

Three young women who enrolled at USC after completing an award-winning program for young mothers will celebrate their Graduation ceremonies this week.

USC Lecturer in Marketing Dr Rory Mulcahy
Project gets inside the minds of energy users
3 Apr 2017

As the Federal Government orders a review of retail electricity prices, USC is involved in a national collaborative research project seeking to better understand the psychology of power users.

USC Paramedic Science graduates Brooke Stevenson, Penelope Beezley (wearing an Indigenous Australian stole) and Julian Do at a 2016 graduation ceremony.
Indigenous students to celebrate USC graduation
3 Apr 2017

More than 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander USC graduands will celebrate the completion of their degrees at a ceremony on campus tomorrow (Tuesday 4 April).

Dr Rustum Sethna and Helen Sethna of Parreara.
Philanthropists named as Honorary Senior Fellows
3 Apr 2017

A couple that has generously supported USC’s academic programs and Art Gallery for more than a decade will be awarded Honorary Senior Fellowships at a University graduation ceremony on Thursday 6 April.

Some members of the USC Spartans squad taken last year with coach Chris Mooney and former coach Jan Cameron.
USC Spartans gear up for Aussie championships
3 Apr 2017

A 20-strong squad of USC Spartans swimmers is shaping up as a force to be reckoned with at the Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane next week.