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June 2017

USC Gympie graduates Leanne North and Jodie Tydings
Event honours new USC Gympie graduates
10 Oct 2017

New USC Gympie graduates have shared advice and encouragement with current students when they returned to the campus for a special recognition ceremony yesterday.

Dr Glen Mulhall taking a swab from a young patient
New USC clinical trial for rapid test for Strep
30 Jun 2017

The USC Clinical Trials Centre is working with Eclipse Medical at Maroochydore to assess the use of a new device for the rapid detection of a bacteria that commonly causes sore throats in children.

USC Professor of Engineering Mark Porter with Ben Bulger at USC Open Day
Careers of the future in spotlight at USC Open Day
30 Jun 2017

Careers that are likely to be in demand in the years ahead will be discussed in detail at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Open Day on Sunday 23 July.

USC Fraser Coast Commerce students Ryan McMahon and Bronson Aukaha
USC Open Day helps students get first year right
30 Jun 2017

Getting the first year of university off to the right start is something former beer sales executive Ryan McMahon and recent school leaver Bronson Aukaha know all about.

USC Creative Writing major Wendy Holman
Banjo player shows plenty of pluck as playwright
29 Jun 2017

A banjo teacher from Nambour is celebrating her decision to enrol in a USC Arts degree after her first public offering as a playwright received a special mention in a Noosa Arts Theatre competition.

USC Volleyball players in action
USC sends 144 athletes to Northern Uni Games
29 Jun 2017

A large contingent of student athletes from the University of the Sunshine Coast will head to Rockhampton and Yeppoon this weekend for the annual Northern University Games from 2-6 July.

USC Sport and Exercise Science student Nathan Dodd
Student bowled over by national coaching role
27 Jun 2017

A USC Sport and Exercise Science student is now helping a national team take on the “Old Enemy” after being appointed to the coaching staff of the Australian Cricket team for players with an intellectual disability.

Nola and Roy Thompson with Professor Greg Hill at the Thompson Institute
USC supporters named philanthropists of the year
26 Jun 2017

Roy and Nola Thompson were named the Queensland Higher Education philanthropists of 2017 at the recent Queensland Community Foundation’s philanthropy awards in Brisbane.

Bachelor of Nursing students Catherine Arellano and Felicity Hill-Russell at USC Fraser Coast
New degrees to be introduced at USC Fraser Coast
26 Jun 2017

USC will offer first-year subjects in Environmental Science and Secondary Education through its Fraser Coast campus from the start of next year.

USC Gympie Nursing Science student Lisa Loranger and her horse Drizzle
Lisa rides to study and scholarship success at USC
23 Jun 2017

Competing in some of Australia’s toughest endurance horse rides has taught USC Nursing Science student Lisa Loranger all about facing challenges and chasing goals.

USC Commerce student Rebel Beckett
Business future looks bright for USC student Rebel
22 Jun 2017

Accounting student Rebel Beckett, 27, has gone from strength to strength after enrolling in a tertiary bridging course at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2014.

PhD student Clara Silvi
USC study aims to lessen risk for drivers with autism
21 Jun 2017

Innovative USC research into young drivers with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will examine the learners’ licensing experiences, with the goal of minimising any extra road safety risk.

Growling grass frog
Bushfires threaten frogs’ future: USC academic
21 Jun 2017

Bushfires should be added to the list of long-term threats facing Australia’s frog species, according to a USC researcher involved in a seven-year study of the frogs’ ecological and genetic diversity.

of Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Kevin Cocks with USC Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin and Inclusive Tourism and Community Planning Forum organiser Nina Schachter of Sunshine Coast Council
USC study finds gaps in inclusive tourism
20 Jun 2017

USC research into accessible tourism has found that businesses could be missing out by not catering for the emerging market of travellers with disabilities.

Fourth-year student Tori Pearson has received offers from six companies for paid clerkships.
USC Law students earn offers from top-tier firms
19 Jun 2017

USC Law students have been impressing the bigwigs of major law firms in Brisbane, with a host of students securing legal clerkships in recent months.

Sunshine Coast Lightning celebrate winning the 2017 grand final
USC congratulates Lightning on grand final win
18 Jun 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast has congratulated its champion netball team, Sunshine Coast Lightning, on a resounding victory in the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball grand final last night (Saturday 17 June).

Architects of Air’s Arboria luminarium.
Monumental sculpture set to delight at USC
15 Jun 2017

USC in association with Insite Arts will soon present Architects of Air’s Arboria luminarium – a monumental pneumatic walk-in sculpture dedicated to the theme of ‘trees’ and designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.

Plans are underway to transfer QUT's Caboolture campus to USC
QUT and USC agree on Caboolture campus transition
15 Jun 2017

The governing councils of QUT and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) have agreed to move towards a transfer of QUT’s Caboolture campus to USC from 1 January 2018.

Master of International Development student Onyongo Agira, 40, who did a two-month work placement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Onyongo relates to refugees during UN internship
14 Jun 2017

A USC student who came to Australia 14 years ago after fleeing civil war in Ethiopia has helped other refugees find safe havens while doing an internship with a United Nations agency in Malaysia.

Urangan State High School Year 7’s Jorja Appo-Steven and Chelsea Farrow with USC Primary Education student Julie Curtis.
High schoolers try tricky high-tech tasks at USC
13 Jun 2017

Instead of downtime after school, 12 high-achieving young students have opted for weekly classes in computer coding and circuitry challenges at USC’s Fraser Coast campus.

Lightning player Kelsey Browne displays her grand final gear
Yellow highlights USC’s support for Lightning
13 Jun 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast will provide a bright show of support for the USC-based Sunshine Coast Lightning ahead of the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball grand final on Saturday 17 June.

USC Business graduate Addie Fenech
USC graduate works in TV travel shows
12 Jun 2017

USC Business graduate Addie Fenech’s job as a production assistant for some of Queensland’s most popular television travel shows is so much fun, it does not feel like work

USC Design and Communication student Amanda Bear.
Amanda earns early start to advertising career
8 Jun 2017

USC Design and Communication student Amanda Bear, 25, of Mount Coolum has gained employment with a national advertising agency even before completing her degree.

USC Dietetics graduate Nicholas Zaccardi of Widgee
USC Dietetics graduate is full of farm fresh ideas
8 Jun 2017

He might be fresh out of university but that hasn’t stopped USC Nutrition and Dietetics graduate Nicholas Zaccardi from planning big as he sets up his own practice in Gympie

USC Associate Professor Adam Polkinghorne has won a prestigious national research grant to fight a debilitating and deadly disease in sheep.
Academic wins national grant to fight sheep disease
8 Jun 2017

A University of the Sunshine Coast molecular microbiologist known for his work in preventing chlamydial infections in koalas has won a prestigious national research grant to examine the bacterium in sheep.

Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg with Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington, State Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson.
USC welcomes State Govt funding for innovation
7 Jun 2017

A Queensland Government initiative to encourage a cooperative approach to foster innovation across the Sunshine Coast has been warmly welcomed by USC’s Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg.

USC Senior Research Fellow Dr Derek Sarovich in the lab on campus at Sippy Downs.
USC research targets antibiotic-resistant infections
7 Jun 2017

A new USC researcher is using a 2017 Advance Queensland Fellowship to develop a cheaper, faster way of diagnosing antibiotic resistance in patients, particularly those with chronic lung infections.

Brain training boosts attention and mood of seniors
6 Jun 2017

Preliminary findings from one of the first mental health research projects started at USC’s Thompson Institute has found that brain training can improve both attention and mood in older adults.

USC Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Marshall was among 91 new ARC Future Fellows announced yesterday.
ARC awards $900,000 fellowship to USC scientist
6 Jun 2017

A University of the Sunshine Coast conservation scientist who is assessing the impact of lianas (woody vines) on forest health and value has been granted a $900,000 Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Urangan State High School students Jessica Bailey-Griffin and Emily Hon Fay receive an early taste of university at Experience Day at USC Fraser Coast.
High school students to explore career options
5 Jun 2017

About 150 Year 9 and 10 students from across the Fraser Coast will experience an early taste of university life and join in interactive career activities at USC Fraser Coast tomorrow.

USC  Nursing Science students Catherine Sugget and Corey Johanson of Hervey Bay
Bursaries help students experience rural nursing
5 Jun 2017

Seven USC Nursing Science students have been awarded annual bursaries to help them experience the challenges and rewards of nursing in rural towns and remote communities.

USC Spartans coach and swimmers.
USC Spartans prepare for World Champs campaign
1 Jun 2017

Three USC Spartans swimmers are completing their last home training sessions before they fly to Europe to prepare for the FINA World Swimming Championships in Hungary.

Ricki-Lee Driver and Courtney Lynch in the USC Nutrition and Dietetics facilities.
USC students to run nutrition workshop for Men’s Health Week
1 Jun 2017

Two USC Nutrition and Dietetics students will run a free public workshop on Monday 12 June to help Sunshine Coast men learn more about the links between diet and mental health.